This inspirational picture book biography, illustrated by Sean Qualls, tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who bicycled across Ghana with only one leg. In so doing, he forever changed how his country views people with disabilities and showed us all that one person is enough to change the world. (Schwartz & Wade/Random House, 2015)
- Winner of the ALA Youth Media Awards Schneider Family Children’s Book Award
- An Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children’s Book for 2016
- A 2016 Washington State Book Award Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award finalist
- Listed in CCBC Choices 2016 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- One of the Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year for ages 5-9
- Named a Notable Book by the Children’s Africana Book Awards
- Finalist for the 2015 Cybils Award for Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fiction
- Recipient of a 2015 Eureka Honor Award from the California Reading Association
- Recipient of the 2018 Monarch K-3 Readers’ Choice Award from the Illinois School Library Media Association
- Finalist for the 2016-2017 Georgia Children’s Picturebook (Gr. K-4) Award
- A Star of the North Nominee in the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards
- Nominated for the 2016-2017 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award by the Maryland Association of School Librarians
- Transitional Non-Fiction Honor Book in the 2015 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Awards
- Nominee for the 2016-2017 Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Primary)
- Nominee for the the 2017 Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU) Beehive Award
- Nominated for the Nonfiction Book category of the 2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award in Arizona
- A Junior Library Guild selection
- A FirstBook #StoriesForAll featured title
- Included on the Winter 2014–2015 Kids’ Indie Next List
- An Amazon Editors’ Best Books of the Month Pick for January
- Selected as a recommended title for Little Free Library’s Action Book Club, Everyday Heroes
“This powerful and winning picture book tells the story of a young man overcoming the odds…. This uplifting account will resonate with readers and supplement global and cultural studies. A triumph.” —School Library Journal starred review
“…[S]imple line drawings and stylish, expressive figures filled with layers of rich, warm color on pale, thickly painted backgrounds—capture Emmanuel’s triumphs beautifully.” —Booklist
“Thompson…presents a warm, matter-of-fact overview of the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah…[while] Qualls provides solid visual and emotional scaffolding for the setbacks and triumphs Yeboah faced.” —Publishers Weekly
Information for educators:
Author “read-aloud plus” now available by request! Please email for details.
Download the free Emmanuel’s Dream curriculum guide, which includes CCSS alignments, critical thinking discussion questions, and reproducible activities.
“Meet the Author” at TeachingBooks.net: Book Reading | Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah.
There’s a free reproducible crossword puzzle based on the book at TeachersPayTeachers.com.
Check out even more picture books for young changemakers on my Pinterest board.
On the web:
The Emmanuel’s Dream blog tour
Click here to see posts about this book on my blog.
Find out more about Emmanuel and his ongoing work on behalf of people with disabilities at EmmanuelsDream.org!
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